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A shared heritage : art by four African Americans
Taylor, William E. (William Edward), 1934-
First edition.
Publication Information:
Indianapolis, IN : Indianapolis Museum of Art, with Indiana University Press, [1996]

Physical Description:
195 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
Catalog of an exhibition held at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
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N6538.N5 T37 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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"... highly recommended... " --Choice

This handsomely illustrated catalog presents the work of four African American artists with shared Indiana roots--John Wesley Hardrick, William Majors, William Edouard Scott, and Hale Aspacio Woodruff. Their art, ranging from impressionism and social realism to cubism and abstract expressionism, spans the major trends in 20th-century American art, while reflecting the artists' experiences as blacks in America.

Author Notes

WILLIAM E. TAYLOR is lecturer in black visual history at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. HARRIET G. WARKEL is curatorial associate at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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Choice Review

This catalog of an exhibition organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art is an important addition to the literature. Concentrating on four painters who began their careers in Indianapolis from the 1910s to the 1950s, it underscores the diversity of 20th-century African American art. As curators Warkel and Taylor show in their historical and biographical overviews, these artists' work ranged from William E. Scott's Impressionism to William Major's Abstract Expressionism. The careers of the four men--including John W. Hardrick, who was forced to paint in his spare time and is only mentioned in surveys, and Hale Woodruff, a university professor who is the subject of monographs--were equally varied. Edmund Barry Gaither's essay on murals by Scott and Woodruff and Floyd Coleman's discussion of Spiral, to which Woodruff and Majors belonged, however, establish links among them. Throughout, as in Corrine Jennings' examination of Woodruff's use of myth, the emphasis is on imagery and style. The project's other strength, exemplified by Gaither's essay, is the wealth of new information it presents. Generously illustrated, this book is highly recommended for university libraries. Undergraduate; graduate; faculty. J. Blake Bucknell University